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Get Out & Enjoy Fun Winter Activities in Saratoga

Discover the wealth of winter activities in and around Saratoga! During the chilly months, the popular summer hangout becomes a breathtaking winter wonderland. Abounding in spectacular beauty and winter activities, the Spa City offers plenty of snow for a winter season full of fun, sightseeing, and outdoor adventure.

a snow-covered backyard

Go Skiing & Snowshoeing

Do you love nature? Slow things down a bit with a scenic cross country skiing or snowshoeing trip. These are wonderful ways to explore the beauty of nature while getting great exercise!

See where you can cross-country ski »

Looking for a downhill skiing adventure? Skiing down the slopes of the Adirondacks offers a one-of-a-kind experience, and Saratoga is just a short drive away from many of the area's exceptional ski resorts.

Discover where to downhill ski and snowboard »

Try Your Hand at Snowmobiling & Ice Skating

There's nothing like gliding over miles of freshly fallen snow on a speedy snowmobile. What a thrill! Snowmobiling is one of the most popular winter sports in Saratoga because the area is full of great trails and plenty of snow.

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And when is the last time you have gone ice skating? Discover how much fun it can be to spend a couple of hours practicing your skating skills. Ice skating is one of the many winter activities in Saratoga that's great for children and adults alike.

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Discover More Outdoor Fun: Photography, Hiking, Wildlife & Ice Fishing

a hole in the ice for ice fishing

Grab Your Camera or Smartphone for a Winter Photoshoot

Saratoga is such a beautiful place for pictures, and the winter is no exception. Get your camera or phone and some colorful hats and mittens, and get snapping. In no time, you will have timeless memories of winter in Saratoga artfully captured to enjoy for years to come.

Our favorite spots for winter photos in Saratoga include: downtown Saratoga Springs, Congress Park, Saratoga Spa State Park, and Saratoga Lake.

Pull on Those Boots or Snowshoes & Try Winter Hiking

Plan a short winter hike in Saratoga Spa State Park or nearby scenic Washington County and admire the winter landscape while getting some great exercise. Depending on the area and the amount of snow, you can hike in snow boots, or you may need skis or snowshoes.

See What Animals You Can Find When Wildlife Watching

Not all animals migrate or hibernate for the winter! You can spot many birds flying or animals scurrying about in the snow. Head to Congress Park and discover just how many different creatures you can spot.

What to look for: passerines, cardinals, tufted timice, sparrows, woodpeckers, raptors, and occasionally robins and various species of owls. Sometimes you can also spot rabbits and deer.

Get Into Ice Fishing

Love to fish? Don't let the weather stop you! Ice fishing is another great winter activity in Saratoga County. Once the ice is thick enough, bundle up and plan for ice fishing all season long.

Popular spots to ice fish include Saratoga Lake, Round Lake in Malta, Ballston Lake in Ballston Lake, and Lake Lonely in Ballston Spa.

Keep in mind that winter is also a great time to stay indoors and enjoy all that Saratoga has to offer. The city is filled with great restaurants, bars, and nightclubs that are sure to keep you entertained even on the chilliest nights.

Discover great indoor activities in the winter right near Saratoga »

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